Montreal is a vibrant and cultural city sitting on the spiritual border between French Canada and English Canada, mixing a bit of both to create a true melting pot of Canada’s essence. While Montreal isn’t Canada’s largest city, it certainly has a flavour that sets it apart from Toronto and Vancouver, making for a unique experience for travellers. I spoke with FlightHub, an online travel agency based in Montreal, to get their read on the top five things to see in Montreal.
The Old Port
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For the cool kids on vacation, The Plateau is hipster central in Montreal. Lined with streets of vintage shops and cafes, The Plateau is also filled with parks. Perhaps its best park, Parc Lafontaine, is a massive green space ripe for fun no matter the season. This is especially true in the Winter, when Parc Lafontaine turns into one of the best places to go skating. Between it’s natural bodies of water and constructed rinks, you will have no problem finding room to get some skating in.
There is no better place to be on a Saturday night in Montreal than at the Bell Centre to see the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens play. Hockey is an institution in Canada generally, but few Canadian cities can rival the passion of the Montreal Canadiens rabid fan base. The rink is right downtown, giving you quick access to the surrounding bars and restaurants for when the game lets out.
Places like NDG, Saint Henri, and the Mile-End have plenty to offer. Montreal is a unique city in the sense that each neighbourhood feels very diverse. It’s like going to a different town, all within the city limits of Montreal.